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Seemingly incorrect strict standard in PHP

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I've got an abstract class which requires one of the concrete descendants to implement a static function.
The base class will call it using static:: rather than self::. But I'm getting an error at runtime. Static function should not be abstract. It doesn't SEEM right to inhibit this. Am I missing something?
I'm on PHP 5.4.15 (Mac and Centos).

posted Jun 3, 2013 by anonymous

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This change is done on purpose.
From the PHP manual:
"Dropped abstract static class functions. Due to an oversight, PHP 5.0.x and 5.1.x allowed abstract static functions in classes. As of PHP 5.2.x only interfaces can have them."

I believe you could make yourself in trouble when using it, and that's why there is a warning with strict.

It does make sense, because overloading is something that works on classes, and static functions do not reference classes.

answer Jun 3, 2013 by anonymous
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